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This is the season of new beginnings. Administrators search for novel ways to inspire their staffs and balance exciting initiatives and necessary mandates into a vision that will move a faculty. But for many educators, it is their first taste of the Principalship as they receive an endorsement from a School Board and Superintendent to be a building leader for the first time.
So you want to be a principal? I absolutely love being a principal, and I feel like for the most part that I do my job pretty well. With that said there are times when I sit down at the end of the day and wonder what I’ve gotten myself into and whether or not I’m cut out to do this.
I have worked with all kinds of principals and have seen it all, there are the school principals who I do not understand how they got the job and even more perplexing, how they were allowed to stay in the position as a school principal. Then there are the principals who I believe were born to do the job and hold the internal humane qualities of what a good school principal should be.
Every year in the United States, an estimated 500,000 teachers leave their schools, with only 16% of the departures the result of retirement. The bulk of teachers leave for a variety of other reasons, including whether or not they perceive their school’s leadership to be effective.
Educational leaders are tasked with establishing a collective vision for school improvement and initiating change to spur innovation, ensure student learning, and increase achievement.
There are few dull moments for school principals. From training teachers to having heart-to-heart talks with troubled students, principals are the people who keep schools running smoothly on a daily basis.
Not everyone is meant to become a principal. A school principal’s day can be long and stressful. You have to be organized, solve problems, manage people well, and be able to separate your personal life from your professional life.